Jada Toys–best known for its scaled vehicles and remote-control cars–is getting into horror in a big way–with a “monstrous” line of classic figures.
The company’s Universal Monsters Action Figures were just unveiled, as reported by news.toyark.com, and the line includes iconic characters from some of the best-loved horror films ever.
The four figures–Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Bride of Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon–are full-color, six-inch, fully articulated collectibles. Each includes interchangeable portraits, swap-out hands and character-specific accessories. Priced at $24.99 each, the action figures will be released in September.
Dracula–the 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi–was adapted from a 1924 stage play which was based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel. A commercial and critical success, the film–and Lugosi’s performance–set the bar high for all vampire movies to come.
Frankenstein–also released in 1931–starred Boris Karloff as the misunderstood monster created from stolen body parts. The film–and Karloff–are unparalleled in movie and horror lore.
Bride of Frankenstein–the 1935 sequel to Frankenstein which saw Karloff reprise his role as the monster–starred Elsa Lanchester as the titular bride. Regarded in some circles as superior to the original, this film is a masterwork of horror.
Creature from the Black Lagoon–the 1954 black-and white 3-D film, introduced the Gill-man to horror fans. The Creature was played by Ben Chapman (on land) and Ricou Browning (underwater). Despite the film’s success and the Gill-man’s popularity, the Creature appeared in the fewest movies of all the Universal Monsters.
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